What I find interesting is the mix of preferences.
- Those who avoid sugar for medical reasons.
- Those who find avoiding aspartame, HFCS, sugar, or sucralose reduces headaches or other problems.
- Those who prefer the taste of one sweetenter or another.
- Those who prefer one sweetener for one use and another for another (example: aspartame disolves better with cold liquids than sugar, so add it to iced tea; but using splenda or sugar for baking.)
- Those who can and can’t tolerate the sugar alcohols, like malitol and sorbitol, which are mostly used in candy.
For some, fat acceptance can mean avoiding “diet” anything. Alternatively, it can also mean just going with one’s own preferences, regardless of calories.
Myself? While dieting in high school I had dabbled in Tab before discovering I preferred the lemony Pepsi Light. (I think the lemon flavor made the bitter saccharine aftertaste “normal”.) But what made me a serious Diet Coke drinker was my rapid, panicked flight from the super-sweet taste of New Coke in 1985. By the time Coca-Cola reintroduced the “Classic Coke” I had become used to the taste and mouth feel of Diet Coke … with the result that drinking “real” pop feels like drinking syrup. At Microsoft I experimented more (nothing like a well-stocked, free pop case) and ended up drinking more Diet Sprite and Diet Pepsi.
So yeah, I drink diet pop. I also eat chocolate with sugar, not sugar-free.